LOGAN, Utah -- The playing field inside Utah State's Romney
Stadium will be renamed Merlin Olsen Field in honor of the former
NFL player and USU standout.
University president Stan Albrecht and athletic director Scott
Barnes made the announcement Saturday in a halftime ceremony during
the Aggies' basketball game against St. Mary's.
Barnes says a sculpture of Olsen will be unveiled in a plaza
south of the stadium during an official dedication ceremony in fall
Olsen did not speak but released a prepared statement saying he
and his family are pleased and excited about the honor.
The Los Angeles Rams picked Olsen third overall in the 1962 NFL
draft. He was named to a record 14 Pro Bowls and was a member of
the Rams' so-called Fearsome Foursome.